Biblical Hebrew

Why learn biblical Hebrew?

Whether you are Christian or Jew, reading the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament in English (or any other translation) is like only being able to see life in black & white. Even a basic understanding of Hebrew will enhance your biblical understanding, providing a full-colour spectrum to what can often be, at best, fuzzy black & white.

Nu? So what’s your background in Hebrew?

A Hebrew class with Jack

I began my Hebrew studies in 1975 with William L. Holladay (Andover Newton Theological School, author of A Concise Hebrew and Aramaic Lexicon of the Old Testament and other books) and continued with Orval Wintermute (Duke University)—a walking compendium of ancient Near Eastern languages. I then went on to earn both an M.Phil and Ph.D in Hebraic and Cognate Studies from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Over the years I have taught both Jews and Christians, theological students and interested individuals, in formal groups and private tuition.

What others say:

Here are some responses from students who have done my courses:

“I have found studying Biblical Hebrew to be an incredibly rewarding and enjoyable experience. Jack is a very supportive teacher, offering helpful feedback on homework exercises and always willing to answer any questions or address any concerns about progress.”
Megan R., Norwich

“Jack has a relaxed and friendly teaching style that instantly puts you at your ease, his knowledge of ancient languages is phenomenal and his pastoral experience underpins all that he teaches… he makes Hebrew a joy to learn.”
Paul J., Norwich

“I found Jack Lawson two years ago and wish it were twenty. His scholarship, generous encouragement and humour will ensure the success of your Biblical Hebrew studies.”
D.W. Attleborough, Norfolk (Retired Language Teacher)

Want to learn to read the Hebrew Bible or have a Bat or Bar Mitzvah coming up? Just curious?  Get in touch by email! or ring 336-354-3589. Costs: $40 per 90-minute session. The first lesson is free